Monday, October 22, 2012

fun with Goldcrests

arrived on the Lincs coast to a bit of an avalanche of thrushes with 1500+ Redwings, 600 Blackbirds, 300 Song Thrushes and 300 Fieldfares but only 3 Goldcrests by 10:00 am when they suddenly started to appear in the saltmarsh thoroughly soaking and looking very drab - as they worked their way into the scrub they soon improved but it was a wet and dismal day when it never seemed to get light; at about 11:20 a warbler flew in off the saltmarsh and landed briefly 200m away in some low marram and rose - as it sat for a couple of seconds on top of a sprig a huge super and oily uppers plus yellow tinged underparts yelled Radde's then it dropped out of sight -- as I made ground towards it it flew another 100m into another clump of rose but before I could get another view it upped and flew 800m into some dense elder and buckthorn -- I spent the next 6 hours looking but never found it again; Goldcrests built up to 100, there were 80+ Robins, 15 Ring Ouzels, 2 Woodcock, Meally Redpoll, Woodlark, 5 Chiffs and a seemingly Siberian Chiff a couple of Blackcaps, 20+ Brambling but no bluetail and no OBP and no Pallas's or Yellow-browed making it another frustrating Lincs day but the Goldcrests were fun with no light and the bare 300 2.8 II lens --


Isidro Ortiz said...

Magnifica serie a este chiquitin.Saludos

Marwick Brown said...

Wow, exceptional photographs you have taken of this little and beautiful bird, every photograph has incredible look, you have to take great patience while taking photographs of this flickering bird.

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